Deontay Wilder the often criticized WBC heavyweight champion faced his bigger test Saturday night against Cuba’s Luis Ortiz. Heading into Saturday’s heavyweight championship fight, Luis Ortiz was widely considered to be the best boxer Deontay Wilder had faced in his career, with many believing the Cuban fighter be a superior boxer over the WBC champion.
Through 9 rounds Luis Ortiz did indeed seem to be a superior boxer as a combination of pressure and counter punching bothered Wilder, while the WBC champion appeared reluctant to let his hands go. Yet in the heavyweight division power often reigns supreme and Deontay Wilder has power in abundance.
In facing his most difficult test in his 7th title defense, Deontay Wilder also demonstrated his resilience as a champion. The combination of Wilder’s resilience and power allowed him to come from behind to TKO Ortiz in the 10th round. With a victory over Ortiz, Deontay Wilder now looks to face the winner of Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker on March 31st.
Deontay Wilder is seeking to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis retired in 2003, and the first American undisputed heavyweight champion since Riddick Bowe.